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Euro‐vision of energy trade with Russia: Current problems and future prospects for EU solidarity in energy trade

Turksen, Umut

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Umut Turksen umut2.turksen@uwe.ac.uk



Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the legal framework against which the energy trade between the European Union (EU) and the Russian Federation (Russia) has been conducted. In doing so the EU’s ability and duty to operate its external energy trade in solidarity are analysed. In addition, the article assesses whether and to what extent the current EU – Russia energy trade is conducted within the confines of a rule based system. In order to illustrate the arguments, the relevant jurisprudence and EU Member State practices are utilised. It is concluded that principle of solidarity is a legal requirement which is embedded in the acquis communautaire of the EU therefore it shall be observed. However, the energy polices across the EU indicate that Member States do not act in solidarity when it comes to their energy relations with Russia. Furthermore, the overall framework for EU – Russia energy trade does not amount to one that is based on the rule of law as it lacks a number of essential elements inter alia an independent adjudication, effective and predictable legal redress and enforcement mechanisms. These characteristics expose the EU and its citizens to risk and uncertainty.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 22, 2014
Journal Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence
Print ISSN 1875-418X
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Pages 1-40
APA6 Citation Turksen, U. (2014). Euro‐vision of energy trade with Russia: Current problems and future prospects for EU solidarity in energy trade
Keywords European Union, energy trade, solidarity, Russia, energy security
Publisher URL http://www.ogel.org/article.asp?key=3505
Related Public URLs http://www.ogel.org/about-author-a-z-profile.asp?key=2391

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